The Kuryla Family - St. Charles, Missouri | St. Louis Family and Professional Portrait Photography

My last family photo shoot of 2017 just might have been my favorite, too!! This family of four opted for a winter shoot, and oh how I wish more people would book this time of year!! Seriously, contact me anytime and let's chat about the best month to get the family photos you're dreaming of!!

Emily + Ryan contacted me about getting family photos, and they knew right away they wanted a winter theme. We picked a charming street in St. Charles, Missouri, one that's peppered with nostalgic storefronts, rustic decor, and vintage quality. We spent a few extra minutes ahead of time picking out the perfect winter outfits for each family member, and talked props - a retro sled and a cozy flannel blanket were musts.

It was a cold, blustery day in late December, and through my lens I saw rosy cheeks and the cutest little smiles on little ladies Grace and GiGi. These girls were in such good moods and we had so much fun twirling on Main Street, playing in the snow, and stopping for a mid-shoot treat at a local candy shop!

One thing you'll always get in a photo shoot with me - no rushing! I'm never in a hurry and will always make sure we get the best possible shots, even if that means taking a break for fudge and homemade taffy. Hey, we gotta keep the kids happy, right?! ;)

Family walks down Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri at the holiday season with two young children, wearing knit hats and warm winter clothes including boots and mittens.
A young girl smiles while wearing a knit hat, mittens, and a peacoat sits on a wooden sled under a red flannel blanket on a cold winter day.
Young girl wearing knit hat and peacoat and mittens enjoying a winter afternoon in St. Charles, Missouri near the river.
Young family with a toddler and a baby girl walk while pulling a sled along the riverbank in St. Charles, Missouri. The girl wears a knit hat and Ugg boots with her peacoat and mittens.

No matter the season, you can have beautiful photos taken with your loved ones! Hiring a professional photographer is the key - do a little research and find a photographer who has examples of work taken throughout the year and a flexible attitude about last-minute changes. (If the weather changes, you might have to change locations at the last minute!)

Either way, don't let another year go by without having your photo taken! Your parents, children, and generations to come will thank you for it.

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2017 | Year in Review

I've always believed that photography is about more than just pictures of life's little moments, to be printed, shared, and framed. Photographs give us a chance to relive life's experiences. The joy, the tears, the love, the pleasure, the tastes, the sights, the laughter... it is because of photography that we can relive these moments for years to come.

In a fast-paced world, where life seems to be going by in an instant, I love how photography stops time. Each little fleeting moment can be captured and experienced again and again. And when we reflect on the nostalgia of a year gone by, or a child growing up too fast, or loved ones lost, or that bucket-list place we visited, or concert we attended, we will always have our photographs to bring us back to each of those moments in the past.

So each January, when the days are long and it seems like everyone is reflecting on the year gone by, I like to remind myself that the new year means I have more photographs to share, more memories to reflect on, and more life in my bones.

Nostalgic, sentimental, and cheesy I may be, but this is why I love being a photographer. :)

Don't miss my 2017 Year in Review Slideshow, a must-see! (Click video at right!) And here are some of my favorite memories from my photography adventure over the past year:

  • Another year of meeting and working alongside so many amazing photographers throughout Colorado
  • Meeting my niece, Adeline Irene, and taking her newborn photos in March!
  • Getting to shoot a wedding in a mountaintop barn with wild horses running outside
  • A record summer of music photography, photographing my highest # of concerts in one season at Red Rocks since I started in 2012. And a HUGE thanks to Tedeschi Trucks Band for hiring me to photograph the band during both nights of their summer run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre!
  • Working with UC Health's Cleft Clinic in Fort Collins, photographing a spirited little boy, Daniel, who is a shining example of the incredible work this clinic does
  • Hitting the road to photograph destination weddings in Virginia and Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Supporting Stand for Children Colorado's leadership development program, which empowers parents to make sure their children are on track academically
  • Laughing my way through photo shoots with the silliest and sweetest kids
  • Getting published! - So exciting to see my photos on full-page prints in two separate issues of Denver's Reign Magazine
  • Hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park with an adventurous (& pregnant!) bride & groom after they eloped in the mountains
  • Capturing natural, happy moments for a record number of families and new clients-turned-friends
  • My most memorable wedding guest ever - a huge moose who showed up minutes before a wedding ceremony at Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake, Colorado
  • Fly-fishing for the first time during a photo shoot at Marabou Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Adventures with my little husky, Lu - we went stand-up paddleboarding at Green Mountain Reservoir, hiked Emerald Peak, camped above 13,000 feet, and went sledding in Winter Park, all during photo shoots. My dog is the coolest assistant ever!

Be sure & watch my 2017 Year in Review Slideshow - you may see yourself in it!
Thank you to ALL of you, from the bottom of my heart.

HAPPY 2018!


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The Sifford Family | Kansas City, Missouri | Colorado + Missouri Family Photography

I've been so busy taking Fall Family Portraits that I'm now behind on my blogging! That said, it's super fun to look back at these photos of the wonderful families I worked with months ago and get to re-live the fun all over again!

You may or may not know I grew up in the sweet, wholesome state of Missouri, although I've lived in Colorado for almost a decade. I make my way back to the midwest a few times a year to visit family & friends, and to photograph as many of the wonderful people there I can squeeze into each trip!

This past summer during a visit to Kansas City, I had the privilege of photographing the incredibly FUN family of April + Dave. Here are a handful of my favorites from our photo shoot at KC's Loose Park - I think you'll smile just as big as I did when you see little Will's goofy faces! Both boys, Jack + Will, were full of awesome energy and loved having their pictures taken. And of course, I just had to include the family's goldendoodle Abner in as many photos as possible - he was just as happy as the rest of his family since the whole photo shoot felt like a playdate for him!

I'd love to hear from you in the comments after browsing through the below photos, and don't forget to get in touch with me soon to schedule YOUR family portrait session! October is 100% the best month of the year to get your loved ones together for photos, and just in time for your holiday cards!! :)

Brothers in Kansas City holding hands at Loose Park during family photo shoot with big smiles
Man and woman snuggling at Loose Park in Kansas City on a sunny Summer day
Husband and wife laugh while holding each other in a loving embrace during outdoor photo shoot in Kansas City at Loose Park on a Summer morning
Young boy with his goldendoodle family dog at Loose Park in Kansas City playing fetch with ball
A Kansas City family with two young boys sits in grass relaxing during photo shoot

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Newborn Evelyn Josephine | Family and Baby Photographer | Denver, Colorado

Welcome to the world, sweet Evie Jo!

Newborn babies are full of surprises - tiny smiles, unexpected giggles, and that firm little grip on your finger. :) I recently stopped by the home of newborn Evelyn Josephine (nicknamed Evie Jo by her adorable parents), and boy was I surprised by how angelic this little lady is!

Her mom and I slipped some angel wings on Evie's back, and just like magic I was able to soothe her into the most peaceful little pose. (Thank God for milk comas!)

Born in June, Evelyn has an exciting summer ahead of her! Before long, she'll be cooing and crawling. Being a newborn photographer is such an honor - I absolutely love being a part of a baby's first two weeks and capturing the sweetness of this stage of life.

Having a baby soon? Schedule your newborn session for the first two weeks of baby's birth to get these angelic poses! I offer custom photo sessions based on your interests, and I can easily set up a studio in your home, which my clients find is most comfortable for them and easiest for newborns. Contact me and let's chat!

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